April 22, 2017
Gretchen Aylsworth
Eyes Ears Nose and Paws


Service dogs don’t just appear out of thin air; they have to be trained and placed with the people who need them, and for many in our community, Gretchen Ayslworth is the person who made that happen. Gretchen is the founding Board Chair of Eyes Ears Nose and Paws, a nonprofit organization devoted to “increasing independence for individuals with disabling medical conditions . . . and encouraging therapeutic interventions that improve physical and mental health.” As part of the core team that guides the group, Gretchen does everything from fund raising to making dog treats. She believes deeply in the group’s mission of partnering people with dogs to improve lives and actively seeks opportunities to further that mission. Last year, she connected EENP with the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health, leading to a fruitful partnership.

Thank you, Gretchen, for your years of dedication
to this wonderful organization!

 After more than 40 years 
as the Volunteer Center of Durham
we have changed our name to reflect
WHAT we do and WHERE we do it.

We serve All Nonprofits & Volunteers
throughout the Triangle
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The Center serves more than 1,100 nonprofits 12,400 volunteers in
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 Congratulations to our
2016 Governor's Medallion Award for Volunteer Service

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evaluated by a panel of community service leaders from across the state.
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Durham County

Linda Walters
Mentor Category

 Hillandale Elementary School

Orange County

Clara To
Youth Category

Triangle Disability Awareness


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